AS: What’s an example of a pedestrian sentence?
BJF: I like to know what’s going on and what pop culture is once in a while, so I read The Da Vinci Code. I was reading along and I came to a sentence where the hero is in a hotel room and he dons a bathrobe. There’s no particular reason but I said, “OK, let him don a bathrobe.” It was like a king donning his raiment. Then twenty pages later he dons another bathrobe. I said, “If he dons one more fucking bathrobe I’m out of here.”
(From an interview between Amy Sorn and Bruce Jay Friedman in “Always Apprentices,” out now from The Believer)
I have a new humor column running with the DC-based literary magazine, Barrelhouse. I think it’s funny, but I’m biased.
Another least is the way it feels to be a writer, which is to be forever outside the human circle and never within it, rarely holding hands with anyone but practicing a lonely occupation which involves wheedling and lying for more company, anything for company, for an audience, a reader, someone else to say yes, this is life; yes, it takes the top of my head off. — Christine Schutt on writing, via 2Paragraphs.
This makes me proud to work in advertising. 23 more “ah-ha-shit-whoops!” moments here: http://imgur.com/a/7shrP/layout/blog
Is it just me or is Slice Magazine kicking some major patooty? Look how beautiful issue #12 is. The theme is “Obsession.” I have a short story in it based on a horrid summer I spent working the 6 a.m to 1 p.m. shift at Starbucks and then walked across the strip mall to work from 1:30 to 7 p.m. at Borders. I manned/wo-manned the “Arts and Crafts” section. It was freaking depressing. Anyway, Slice magazine is awesome. Have a nice day.
Sea Otter getting her fur done.
CAN YOU HANDLE THE CUTE?
To me, AWP is “Burning Man” for writers. For Tin House, I compiled a list of AWP FAQs that will tell you, among other things, what to do when confronted with a serial submitter.